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my visit to Napoli & Mina @ Napoli Su Misura

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by medtech_expat, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    If it's a third fitting, hopefully she tidies it up. We don't know what went on behind the scenes, and until the OP clarifies, and answers the questions, well, we won't know. I do think Mina should have been left to her job, and if her track record is any gauge, I doubt she'll let the coat be.

    But, based on how everything is finished (button-holes) etc, even the back (where the waist is pinched) -- it's not pinned-up --,I think this was meant to be the finished product that turned into a third fitting. That's my guess.
     
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  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hands on is a no-no. Especially a novice. If you can't trust your tailor to do what's right you should give a shot making your own suit.
     
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  4. medtech_expat

    medtech_expat Senior member

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    Take up the issue with Mina and I'm confident she will rectify to your satisfaction. FWIW, certain fabrics with which her tailors are less familiar have required 3, 4, or even 5 fittings to nail down. And they are pretty familiar with my pattern.
     
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  5. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    +10

    Save the demands for a refund for later - first give her a shot at rectifying the suit.
     
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  6. Loathing

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    Which fabrics/weights are they most familiar with? I've been planning on giving them a a go soon.
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Probably whatever books they offer.
     
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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    med tech, that many fittings is surprising given how many things they've made (well) for you. Does she rotate the person that is making your stuff? It can't be just the fabric...
     
  9. Eustace Tilley

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    They do well with the lighter stuff. Heavyweight tweeds took them awhile to get used to (at least for my pattern). They all look great now.
     
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  10. medtech_expat

    medtech_expat Senior member

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    Well, I should start off by saying that multiple fittings for me have been very much the exception. On average, jackets have been nailed with 1-2 fittings (and to be fair, often they're minor adjustments), while trousers are pretty much good-to-go the first time around.

    But in my experience the fabric can have a huge impact on the process. The grey/brown/blue Caccioppoli gunclub a few book back - a fabric which she loved and had made up for Parker and others - required maybe 5 fittings. We couldn't understand it and Mina thought she was going crazy, even resulting to multiple comparative measurements with my other jackets. Finally she nailed it and it's one of my favorites, but what I took away is that in the end we're dealing with organic products made by hand, and (at least I) may have forgotten that sometimes significant variation exists.

    The other time was a dark grey PoW from the Lesser 9.5oz book. She hated the fabric as she felt it had no spring or body. We couldn't make it work so moved on to something else.

    Michaele has been making up my stuff consistently for at least a year. Prior to that was his brother Enzo. So it was more of a transition as opposed to a rotation.
     
  11. Lovelace

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    Has the suit pictured a few pages back been delivered or is there still another fitting to be had? If so perhaps all is not lost.

    Sometimes these things just go wrong. One of the pitfalls of the travelling tailor model.

    I have never had 5 fittings for any suit..

    There is an old saying.
     
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    A rolling stone gathers no moss?
     
  13. Lovelace

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    :)

    Not quite.

    Its refers to the number of fittings required.
     
  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?
     
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    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "A stitch in time saves nine." That must be it.
     
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  16. bry2000

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    In my experience, Mina stands by her work. If you are not satisfied, tell her and I am sure she will make the necessary adjustments. She has in the past for me.
     
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  17. coolpapa

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    Never trust a fart.
     
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  18. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Lovelace, will you not make yourself clear? Damn you, man!
     
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  19. Cantabrigian

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    Demand a refund anyway.

    That's how you get respekt on the internet.
     
  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    But make sure you get to keep the suit as well.
     

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